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Tuesday May 16th, 2017
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Wayne Graham

Almost 46 years ago, two families became one when Sterling “Wayne” Graham and Eloise Carter married.

Saturday, May 13th, Wayne passed away. Wayne was the oldest son of Sterling “Johnny” Graham and Loretha (Yeager) Graham. He was born on Aug. 7, 1938 in Springdale, AR.

The Springdale Fire Department was a great love for him, he retired after 20 years as a volunteer. He served many years on the Fire Dept. Pension Board.

In November of 1954, Wayne enlisted in the Fayetteville National Guard. SFC Graham received many awards to include the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal and the Humanitarian Service Medal for work on Cuban Refugee Crises. After 43 years of service at the age of 60, he retired from the “Guards.” At that point in his life, he held many part-time jobs in the community. The last two jobs were the “Keeper” of the Wilson Cemetery and driving cars for the Auto Appearance Group. He loved all these jobs, he loved people and this was a good outlet for him.

Deceased members of his family are his parents. Loretha and Johnny Graham, Son – Dennis Carter, Daughter – Tracy (Carter) McLaughlin, Two brothers Gerry Graham and Franklin Graham.

Survivors include his wife Eloise (Carter) Graham, sons Steven Graham and Dennis Graham, daughter Teresa Pace –Willard (Bill), adopted daughter Amanda Smith (Josh), Daughter- in- Law Diane Carter, Brother Billy D. Graham (Phyllis)

Grand-Children: Nathan Carter (Sarah), Amanda Smith (Josh), Tyler Graham, Eli Pace, Layton Pace, Krystal Sauter, Thomas Frangipan, Amy Ennis and April Logue.

Great Grand Children: Katelynn Smith, Graham Carter and Zachary Stillwell.

Numerous friends, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He loved them all!

Visitation will be held at Backstrom-Pyeatte Funeral Home on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.

Funeral Services will be held at Backstrom Pyeatte Funeral Chapel in Springdale on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 10:00am. Burial will follow at Wilson Cemetery.

Donations may be made to Wilson Cemetery Fund, Sonjo Dainels, 1855 W. Hwy 264, Springdale, AR  72764 for up keep or to the Circle of Life Hospice Memorial Fund. 

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A candle was lit in memory of Wayne Graham

Sharin k Macy'Harrison Oct 27 2017 12:00 AM

Dear Eloise Mrs Graham, I am your neighbor that runs along the front fence line I am so sorry I'm late in saying goodbye to Wayne I I have missed him but didn't know why we had not seen him in the pasture until lastweek. I will be around to visit when I can. Love and blessings to your family. Sharin k

SHARIN HARRISON Oct 27 2017 12:00 AM

Dennis & Steve I am sorry to here that Wayne passed away. I just heard about this a few minutes ago, or I would definently attend funeral and pay my respects for Wayne. I will never forget all years of serving with Wayne in the 1-142d FA! I'll also miss and never forget all the memories we had gathering at the "Cabin" with all the guys from work. Prayers & thoughts for all the Graham Family, RIP Wayne.

Gerald Pederson May 17 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Wayne Graham

Steve Ball May 17 2017 12:00 AM

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A Spathiphyllum was ordered on May 16, 2017

Expression of Sympathy May 16 2017 12:00 AM

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An Indoor Garden Basket was sent on May 16, 2017

It was truly a pleasure working with Wayne. He will be deeply missed by all of his work family, too. With heartfelt sympathy, Auto Appearance Group

Expression of Sympathy May 16 2017 12:00 AM

We'll miss his stories at Easter. Praying for everyone in the family.

Brian and Michelle Naylor May 16 2017 12:00 AM

I am so sorry to hear of Waynes passing I know how close he was to his family an how dedicated
he was to all of you as well as the National Guard . He was very helpful to me the 18 years I was
1Sgt. Of B Btry in Springdale May God be with your whole family.

I don't think I will be able to attend Waynes services As my wife has is confined to a wheel chair
and I have no one to be with her. My thoughts and Prayer well be with you

Cecil Jordann

Cecil- JordanI May 16 2017 12:00 AM

Wayne and I were both volunteers for Springdale Fire Department and he was a super guy but one awesome firefighter and loved the fire department so much. My sincerest sympathy to all those who Wayne leaves behind, he was a great man and good friend.

Wayne Brashear May 15 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Wayne Graham

Crystal Bryant May 15 2017 12:00 AM

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